I am now taking two accounting classes. The language is foreign to me. I do okay in accounting 108 but I seem to be reading (and hearing) binary code for the other. I have seen the names of only two other classmates who are currently taking both classes. What is up with that? Just because I don't see their names doesn't mean all my other classmates are taking the same two classes but with different instructors. I personally would rather have just one at a time - or at least one on Monday morning and not have to wait for a walk through for both classes on Tuesday evening . . . and still replay the recordings over and over in hopes that I'll understand.
I like my 108 instructor. He's not boring. He is easy to follow. I understand what he says. If I have a question or concern, he gets back to me right away. I am comfortable with the subject - mostly input and data. The class has been learning how to use QuickBooks - which I believed I'd been set up for prior to my account. Unfortunately, I had my user name as my hotmail name and my server at yahoo - which I don't have an account for with my hotmail name. And so I spent much of the first week trying to correct that and struggled in my 213 class. I still do. I don't know what questions to ask because I'm just not understanding the language or following my instructor. Fortunately there have been a few students in the class who have been able to explain things in a more watered down version that has made more sense to me. It's still a foreign language though.
I have NO intentions of trying to start my own business or franchise. It seems to be Roland's dream, but has never been mine. Especially now. I find his classes like a thousand times more confusing than any accounting class that I've had. I learn from entertaining videos. There are NO entertaining videos. Let's face it: Accounting is a subject that is incapable of entertainment. It is definitely work.
My instructor reminds me of my brother-in-law, who often tries to hard at entertaining. It's not faked enthusiasm necessarily - it's like a teacher trying too hard to be accepted of his students that he does his best at becoming one of them. I think he might have the approval of a few of my classmates, but honestly, I am not on board. He throws us imaginary caramels as he can't toss us real ones. His suggestion is that we each go out and purchase our own caramels but we're not allowed to take any from the container unless he "gives" it to us.
You know what's great about being an online student? You don't have to get dressed to go to class. You can eat lunch as you listen to lectures. You can roll your eyes or make faces at the instructor and he/she will never know. You can make snide comments so long as your mike is muted.
My PC doesn't have a microphone. I have to use the laptop if I actually want/need to converse. It certainly is a lot faster than typing (especially on the laptop - for me anyway). Most of the time the instructor mutes those with microphones anyway. But it is quicker to ask questions vocally than to type them out. Laptops belong to the school until graduation.
I started discussions in both of my classes. I enjoy the topic more in 108. In 213 I did some research but not enough to analyze a satisfactory answer. I stated how foreign the accounting language feels to me, gave a couple of examples, and how in-house financing might be perceived from the customer's end, but asked a question on how it's paid off once an invoice goes to collection or if how it works on the business end if a creditor advocate is involved.
I'm still learning. Sometimes it feels like a painful process. Often I make more of something than really needs to be.